I was incredibly excited for this game when and I got it launch day and played it for as long as I could. But what did I get? Well, I got a Machine For Pigs. Not Amnesla: A Machine for Pigs. It truly is sad how hyped up everyone got at this game. However, this isn't about bashing the game for how on rails it was. It's a descussion about The Chinese Room. I'm not saying that have a super big ego. But they certainly have a tiny bit of it. They seem to think that their games are works of art (This is coming from a person who firmily believes that Video Games are art.) But they don't seem to believe that gameplay mechanics aren't important for their games, they believe that the story itself is enough to keep you entertained. Which the cold truth is, it isn't. You may have heard they are moving on to a new game called "Everyone's Gone To The Rapture." And I fear that it will follow the same path as Dear Esther and A Machine For Pigs. This is taken from the Wikepedia page for the game:
"Everybody's Gone to the Rapture will differ from its spiritual predecessor by allowing more interaction, such as manipulating objects, opening and closing doors."
Really? This is 2013 VERGING on 2014. Are we supposed to except this same formula again? Now here's the thing. I dispise Dear Esther with a passion. But the funny thing is. One of my new favorite games is the new HD Remix of The Stanley Parable. Why? The Stanley Parable in formula is very simmilar to Dear Esther. So why do I hate Dear Esther but love The Stanley Parable. Maybe it's because The Stanley Parable knows what it is, and doesn't take itself so seriously. I don't really know, but something about Dear Esther just seems incredibly forced to me.
So, these are just my thoughts on The Chinese Room. I always wanted to voice them but I didn't really know how to. What do you poeple think?